Preparing Your Home for Sale



Simple touch-ups can do a lot to impress a potential buyer. While small upgrades and minor decor replacements may seem like a waste of time when you want to sell your house, one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a seller is listing your home without any advance preparation.

Whether you’re listing your condo downtown, or looking for a buyer for your single family home in Manotick, the easiest way to find what needs a little attention is to put your buyer’s hat on and walk through your home like it is the first time.

Be sure to make notes on what you, as a buyer, would notice when viewing your property. Below is some helpful tips on where to focus your efforts when preparing to list your home. Enjoy!



Tips for all areas in the home

  • Thoroughly clean whole house (vacuum carpet, mop hard floors, clean countertops, clean windows)
  • Turn all overhead lights and lamps ON
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Use bulbs of the same temperature (ALL incandescent or ALL compact fluorescent)
  • Turn all ceiling fans OFF
  • Turn all TVs OFF
  • Turn all computer screens OFF
  • Open blinds/window treatments to let in outside light
  • Remove personal photographs (or replace with general landscape/object photographs)
  • Make all beds
  • Remove small floor rugs to reveal actual flooring
  • Place all shoes/jackets in closets



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